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Our Outdoors: Vote Like Your Hunting & Fishing Depends on It

Some hunting seasons bring snow, cold, winds and inhospitable conditions which we as hunters prepare for in order to pursue an oft-anticipated portion...

 

Cold and Snow Close Out EHD Threat

Throughout late summer and early fall, the North Dakota Game & Fish Department (NDG&F) had received reports of dead and sick deer on the...

 

Make Some Noise

While silence in pursuit of deer is an important factor in setting up a successful hunt, as the rut approaches, making the right noise can be key in...

 

Seeing Double: A C&R Story

For most anglers, a walleye of 30 inches or better is the fish of a lifetime. That magic number signals a true trophy and is often the threshold at wh...

 

Our Outdoors: Musts for Gusts

Beyond the usual celebration of dog and bird and of field boots and swinging shotguns, this year's pheasant opener was highlighted by another...

 

Clay Target League Growth Surges During Pandemic

While many other fall sports saw participation decline or be cancelled outright due to concerns over the resurgent pandemic, the activities of trap...

 

Our outdoors: FOMO

FOMO is the acronym for the “fear of missing out.” The term was coined in the mid-2000s as shorthand for a growing form of social anxiety about no...

 

Upward Trends

Autumn is always a time of optimism for many hunters as opportunities for excitement abound over the top of each rise and in the shady depths of every...

 

Seeing Double: A C&R Story

For most anglers, a walleye of 30 inches or better is the fish of a lifetime. That magic number signals a true trophy and is often the threshold at...

 

Our Outdoors: The Shed

My four-year-old son calls it an "adventure." Which, being of much slighter stature, and not as familiar with the rise and fall of the hillsides in...

 

ND GF Eyes Habitat Rebound to go with Bird Numbers

Despite the pandemic-related headwinds which hindered fundraising efforts and banquet activities for Pheasants Forever (PF) chapters across North Dako...

 

Taking the Toughest Shots

With waterfowl hunting underway and the challenge of a rising pheasant on the horizon for many, the field presents a number of challenging shots for...

 

Our Outdoors

Scent Checked In the headlights, the yellowing leaves of fall in the ash tree alongside the approach on the gravel country road were pre-dawn reminder...

 

Increased Waterfowl Populations Greet Resident Hunters at Opener

A wet fall of 2019 and abundant moisture which carried over into the start of 2020 primed the pump for a successful breeding season for waterfowl in N...

 

Coloring Up

As the leaves turn their yellow, gold, red and brown, another change in color signals the shift toward fall. In the morning, along any given gravel...

 

Our Outdoors: The Shot Not Taken

The eastern bank of clouds meant that my friends on the far side of the state likely would not see much hunting action as my dog and I traversed the...

 

Recent Deer Die-Offs Likely from EHD

Reports throughout southwestern North Dakota of dead and dying whitetail deer discovered on the landscape - but particularly related to drainages and...

 

Our Outdoors: They're Laughing with You

The day after I tagged my deer last season was warm, but windy, and there was no snow on the ground. It was more like a September scene than one from...

 

Pheasant numbers jump in ND

With the completion of summer roadside surveys by the North Dakota Game & Fish Department, there's plenty of good news for much of the state when...

 

Flocked & Locked

Few events in the outdoors are more startling than a flushing covey of Hungarian partridge or sharptailed grouse. With the opener within reach and...

 

Our Outdoors: Cast and Blast Season

As a youngster, I was fond of “Choose Your Own Adventure” books. More often than not, I’d cheat and just read each page and then figure my way...

 

Ruffing It: Simonson offers tips for bagging your limit of ruffed grouse this fall

With ruffed grouse numbers still near their cyclical high this fall, opportunities to chase the thundering wing beats of this popular game bird abound...

 

The Take Over, The Break's Over

Covid-19 changed the complexion of my summer and that of many other folks, but what it failed to affect, save for the occasional cancelation of a...

 

In Our Outdoors: In Good Standing 

I’ve never been fond of heights. Despite being marketed (and statistically confirmed) as the safest way to travel, airplanes have always made me...

 

Small Grains for Small Birds

Dove hunting season is truly the initial sign of fall. Federally set to start on the first of September this year, as it has most every year in the...

 

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